Saturday, December 3, 2011

Swamps, Singing and Smiles

Who takes the photos in your family? I am the designated photo taker here, always behind the camera and rarely in the photos. I have lost count of the number of family photos we have of my hubby and our kids, and I have had a tiny worry in the back of my mind that my children will look back on all of our photos in years to come and worry about where I was for their childhood!

But my worry was erased recently by the lovely Kim from Kim Selby Photography. I can't begin to tell you how happy I was to have a photoshoot with her... perhaps I'll just let the photos speak for themselves.

Kim had us in hysterics jumping on beds, smiling while standing in swamps and singing on the side of the road. She was unbelievably patient with our IMpatient four and one year old monkeys, and so completely understanding when the kids needed a break or a change of scene... three hours just flew by, and we were left with too many breathtaking photos to choose from.

To anybody looking for an amazing photographer that will capture your family in such a beautiful way; who can simultaneously distract a four year old from an impending tantrum while chasing a one year old that's escaping out the front door, all the while making parents feel totally calm amoungst the chaos AND have the biggest smile about being knee deep in a swamp, Kim Selby is your girl. Kim, we feel so lucky to have had this experience with you and loved it so much we think we should book in once a month for updated wonderful photos!

You can contact Kim and see more more of her amazing work at or on Facebook, and you can also have a chat to her at our market at St Ambrose Hall in Woodend tomorrow!

Friday, December 2, 2011

All Things Nice - Missy Minzy

Why wouldn't you want to buy handmade this Christmas when the products you're buying are put together with love and care and are unique and gorgeous??

We love handmade and one of our new retailers that you will have the pleasure of meeting this Sunday, is Irene from Missy Minzy. Irene hand illustrates, designs and produces Missy Minzy's stand out range. Pop by her stall on Sunday and sift through her whimsical designs yourself :) 

Are you more sugar or spice?
Definitely a bit of mix between the two!

What inspired you to start your own business?
It’s one of the dreams I wanted to achieve in life. The dream unfolded more clearly when I was made redundant from my graphic designing job during the recent global recession. My hubby was the one who encouraged me to put my illustration skills to good use. I then fell pregnant with our first child a few months after that. Most of my hand drawn illustrations were a reflection of every precious moment during the pregnancy. It was and still is a lovely moment looking at all of the illustrations drawn at that time.

How did you name your business?
Minzy is a short abbreviation of my little nick name in the cyberworld - Minnies, I really like the nickname so much that I was considering changing my name to Minzy in real life at one stage.
Irene - the creative force behind Missy Minzy

What is your favourite piece from your own range?
I am loving and enjoy applying my hand drawn illustration onto all possible media.
My current favourite piece is the newly launched product range – Removable Fabric Wall/D├ęcor Stickers. It features some of my hand drawn illustrations. Each of them was hand cut by me individually. Handmade 100%!

Where else can we check you out? 

We will be at Sugar & Spice Children's Market for the first time this Sunday in Woodend. Our last market for the year will be at the Camberwell Sunday Market on 11st December in Camberwell.

Thanks Irene!!